klein dytham architecture: T-site, daikanyama klein dytham architecture: T-site, daikanyama
oct 02, 2012

klein dytham architecture: T-site, daikanyama

 

tokyo-based klein dytham architecture’s ‘T-site’ in daikanyama, tokyo, japan is a shortlisted building in the shopping category for the 2012 world architecture festival. dedicated to books, music and movie retail market, the store is part of tsutaya, a low-rise retail complex. three pavilions arranged amidst the existing, mature trees led to its selection within an invited design competition. an exterior of glass contrasts the multiple facades of perforated screens formed with a woven motif which discretely integrates the brand’s T logo. the interior and exterior areas are blurred by a magazine street which runs through the site. between perusing the library of books and artworks, visitors may frequent the cafe and lounge to eat and relax.

all images © nacasa & partners / courtesy of klein dytham architecture

the buildings gradually step back from the main street forming a relaxed passageway

existing, mature trees were maintained by creating three building footprints

low-E glass reflects the greenery and glass reinforced concrete T-panels

two bridges clad in stainless steel battens connect buildings

polished material reflects the surrounding scenery

bridge interior

the pavilions contain retail space on the lower 2 floors with accommodation above

the three pavilions are linked by organizational spine called the ‘magazine street’

facade T-panels are made from glass reinforced concrete

the magazine ‘street’

anjin lounge contains a bar, performance space and rare books for sale

performance stage concealed with contemporary japanese screen by masatake kosaki

bar is made from second hand books

(left) bound magazine archives form the bar (right) screen printed perforated metal signage done in collaboration with kenya hara

flexible perimeter bench for lighting, storage, tables and seats against full-height glass windows

site plan

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